“The literary equivalent of a summer night, a good friend and a gin-and-tonic: Shannon is a deft writer; a natural storyteller with a wicked turn of phrase and frighteningly specific memory...”

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It’s an Epidemic! The Insidious Habit That Keeps You Feeling Like Crap!

“I always thought if I could just get a screenplay I’d written into production I’d feel happier, more fulfilled, more confident and like I could finally let go of the need to impress people.
Well, a screenplay of mine is in production. Yet I still feel anxious, self-doubting and the need for approval from my family, friends and barrista …” Read more to learn a quick fix 

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In Love, You Might Not Always Get What You Want; But Here’s a Quick Hack on How to Get What You Need

When we’re in “LOVE” with someone who consistently breaks our hearts … … and we stop to think about what WE need to be happy, it usually includes our LOVE OBJECT changing. If he would just FILL IN THE BLANK I would

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4 Ways “The Law of Attraction” from that Infernal Book, “The Secret,” Screws Up Your Life!

Excerpt: “Hence, if you worry about dying alone in a gutter to be slung in a potter’s grave — then ‘The Universe’ will respond in kind, and you will indeed be buried next to lepers and Charlie Sheen. But, if you believe you’re already married to the Love Of Your Life and you’ll be buried together in nirvanic bliss when you’re both 100, ‘The Universe’ will respond to these ‘Thought Vibrations’ by eventually providing what you desire.” Keep Reading

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Does Amy Schumer Need Sex Rehab? And Are You Having Sex for the Right Reasons?

“Ladies, I recently read Amy Schumer’s hilarious memoir, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, which made me realize that when it comes to bad relationships we can’t just blame our childhoods. There are also hidden Cultural Beliefs that mess up our ability to find Real Love. So here’s a little sex rehab for you!” Keep Reading!

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Do You Have a Fear of Happiness That’s Keeping It Away? Find Out Now!

Excerpt: “How Do You Know if You’re Staying in a Toxic Relationship Because You’re Afraid to Be Happy? Answer these questions: 1. When something good happens, do you downplay it because you worry the universe will take it away, or balance it out with something painful?” Read More.

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One Simple Practice to Cut Through a Lifetime of Pain

“If you’re anxious, depressed, have a Monkey Mind, worry you’re not using the Law of Attraction correctly and are sending the Wrong Fucking Energy out into The Universe so you’ll only attract Troglodytes and Bell’s Palsy — this post is for you …” Read On

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The Power of Touch in Marriage: 3 Reasons You Need to Reach Out!

Excerpt: “Tactile sensitivity plays a very important role in interpersonal communication, sexuality, and helps create bonds between people. We already know how important and vital sexual intimacy is to relationships. But we underestimate how much touching we need to survive; both within relationships and as independent individuals.” Keep reading …

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How I Got 7x Faster at Forgiveness

Excerpt: Sometimes it feels really good to be pissed off at people. We can get really puffed up and indignant about their obviously assinine behavior. We just know we’re a better person than they are. More evolved, intelligent, loveable and sane. 

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Giving Up Alcohol By Taking My Inventory

Excerpt: “Why do you drink? I wrote, “It relaxes me. It’s my reward at the end of the day. It’s … it’s … it’s …” Okay, this smacked of laziness. I realized I had to dig deeper. Why do you drink? This is what instantly came out of my pen: “It numbs the pain of feeling like a failure.” Holy Shit. Now that’s something real. After writing that down, I dug for more …” (Read Article) 

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How to Pray 101. Hint: I Didn’t Learn It in Church

Excerpt: “I realize that when I pray, I assume I’m not perfect enough for God. I assume God disapproves of me, is disappointed in me. So, my prayer then comes from a place of neediness, shame, embarrassment, cynicism and rebellion. What’s becoming clear is that I approach prayer not believing God loves me exactly as I am right now.”

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Brandon Lee, David Schwimmer, Michael Hutchence & The Coppolas Are All Here

Shannon Colleary, wearing little more than a Bob Mackie rhinestone g-string and tiara, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what it meant to be a struggling actress stage left while Madonna was still vogueing and Sinead O’ Connor hadn’t yet lit the Pope on fire. “Great story. And I too would have been drawn to the somewhat nerdy Jewish guy from acting class who turned out could really dance — rather than the smoldering Raoul who probably had a gold chain around his neck. Awesome.” — Jamie@SouthMaineMuse

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10 Myths About Sex and Romance

(Excerpt) #6 The goal in lovemaking should be mutual orgasm. This is another myth spread by movies, where all couples seem to experience the height of pleasure at precisely the same time (and so very quickly!). Couples who believe this myth are putting an unnecessary amount of pressure on themselves when in the bedroom.

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11 Things in Your Kitchen Right Now That’ll Kill You! You’re Welcome!

Excerpt: “You can feel nervous about being vegan. It means you smell bad and have too much hair in the wrong places and not enough hair in the right places and you absolutely could not fight for you life in a dark alley against a masked villain manically cackling like Mel Gibson after one too many gimlets at Moonshadows because you have absolutely no fucking muscle tone.”

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Interpret My Dream: How it Changed My Life Forever

Excerpt: “Touching her is the worst part. She’s still warm. Her limp body is a rebuke as I press it to my chest, trying to comfort and revive her. A bottle of milk appears. I try to feed the kitten as my heart beats frantically in time with the words in my head, please don’t die, please don’t die, please don’t die.” Keep reading

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Because I’m Worth It! (Steve Allen Media – PR with a Conscience)

When you first meet publicist Steve Allen you think, “Either this guy is high or he really really loves what he’s doing!” Because he’s bubbly. And excited. And creative. And a bit crunchy-granola, woo woo. His company’s motto is “PR with a conscience” and his goodbye is “keeping on having a fantastic day!” But make no mistake, he and his team kick ass and take names. Since hiring Steve in support of my book, “She Dated the Asshats, But Married the Good Guy” I’ve been lambasted with media spots. I almost can’t keep up …

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How to Change Careers in Midlife (My First Interview!! – Video)

Hello Beauties — I’ve shot and edited my first interview with dear friend Jeannine Chanin Penn, who has decided her 50s are the perfect time to pursue a long-denied passion for art. You’ll see 20+ pieces of Jeannine’s incredible Legacy Series in this video …

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Does This Woman Look Trustworthy? (Video by Austin Sabado)

“Hello Ninjas — I’m typing this while wearing nothing but stilettos and a smile … okay, I’m in my pajamas wearing reading glasses with oatmeal stains on my shirt. But I do have a cat ‘o nine tails whip an arm’s length away in case Keri Russell shows up with a 9mm, offs me and tries to pack me into a suitcase … okay, I have The Americans on in the background and have Cheetos an arm’s length away. They could kill Keri Russell if she ate too many of them over the course of about fifty years. So …” Keep Reading

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The Littlest Members of Women’s March Los Angeles Take on Donald Trump’s Misogyny

Excerpt: “If you’re taking your children to WomensMarchLA write your name and telephone number in Sharpie on your child’s arm so if anything happens someone will know how to contact you and reunite you with your child. Sharpie ink is a nuisance, but will wash off eventually and is well-worth the trouble of having access to your child in an emergency.” Read More

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How Annette Bening Is Dangerously Radical

As I watched Bening portray Dorothea Fields in “20th Century Women,” (which should finally be her Oscar-winning role) a fresh, radical idea came to me …

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This Is the Sneaky, Self-Discombobulating Trait I’m Giving Up in 2017

Excerpt: “Clare has a crush on your older brother Dane,” I tell Gerald, a sixth-grader in my middle-school carpool. “Oh my God, mom!” my seventh-grader Bridget shrieks, “Why would you say that?! Clare’s going to kill you!” Why would I say that? Keep Reading.

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My Holiday Gift to You? No More Narcissists!

Hello my Beauties — I’ve been cheating on this site with my relationship site at shannoncolleary.com — I’m hoping my life-coaching business for women who want out of toxic relationships to find Real Love will become a micro-business that supports my writing habit. But for those of you in the dating theater on Tinder, and ComeDoMeUnderABushel .com, here are my latest — some illuminating pieces on how to avoid the Asshats and find Real Love. xoxo S

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5 Things to Do in Cabo. Unless You Want to Survive!

Excerpt: “Be warned. These “5 Things to Do in Cabo” might render you a pariah to the indigenous folk, your family and all who know you. #1 Ignore the “Danger Don’t Swim” Signs at the Resort and Dive Into the Ocean” Read More:

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Learn the Secrets to Korean Beauty From a Bonafide Rock Star! (Girl Band Nylon Pink)

Excerpt: My latest obsession is my friend Kaila Yu. We met through the blogoshere but are now buds in real life!
I like her because she’s a supportive, loving, encouraging friend who’d give you the shirt off her back. But, I must admit I’m also enthralled because she’s Asian! I project characteristics onto her because of this. I think she’s mysterious and unknowable; could probably kill you with some kind of ancient martial art using only her thumbs; and must be adept at coding in Mandarin for the NSA and CIA. It could be true!” Learn more:

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4 Amazing Benefits of Midlife Sex

“We’ve both gained a life ring around our middles; Eric’s lost his gorgeous hair and I’ve discovered hair in my nose. Rosacea’s turned my face radish red, and both of our necks are heading south! I do not need Eric looking at my flapping neck from Woman-On-Top at nine in the morning, which is the only time we can have sex because our kids with their bionic hearing are finally at school!” Read On …

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Parents Be Aware: How Teen Drug Use Can Morph into Mental Illness

Excerpt: “Everyone has some degree of mental illness and addiction. Maybe you’re addicted to fairly benign things, like chocolate or coffee. Maybe your mental illness manifests in OCD hand washing or hair braiding when you’re nervous. Weird neurons that trigger, despite your intellectual observation. For others though, the situation is more dire. Meth. Heroin. Voices in their head. It’s easy to judge people on the extreme end of the spectrum. To feel smugly superior. But then one of these desperate cases turns out to be our parent, or our sibling, a friend, or worst of all, our child. Where does that leave us?

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